Chapter Meeting and Nomination of Officers

Chapter Meeting and Nomination of Officers
Saturday, November 19, 2022
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Via Zoom


Please join us for our chapter meeting where we will be holding nomination of officers.

Contra Costa NOW will be having its chapter election of officers on December 11, 2022.
Nominations will take place on November 19, 2022 from 12-2 pm via Zoom.

Only Contra Costa NOW members of at least 90 day duration at the time of the election (12/11/2022) may serve as officers.

Positions are:
Vice President
Vice President – Public Relations & Events
Vice President – Membership
Vice President – Action
Vice President – Program
State Board Representative

If you would be interested in running for one of the above positions, you may nominate yourself at the nomination meeting on November 19.

If you have questions about the position qualifications or if you have a special interest in an area and would like to run for a position not listed above, please email us at

Zoom info below:

Topic: Chapter Meeting and Nominations
Time: Nov 19, 2022 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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NOW Hear This

NOW Hear This: November 14 – 18, 2022 Newsletter

Message from National NOW President Christian F. Nunes


Happy Friday Feminists,

By now, you’re well aware of the atrocities taking place in Iran. We need to call it exactly what it is – femicide. Iranian women have courageously taken a stand against the injustices they experience at the hands of their government. In response, the regime in power has murdered hundreds of activists in the streets and are using their court system to imprison dissidents; and for the first time, they’ve announced that they have sentenced at least one protester to death for their involvement in the demonstrations.  

While we work together to achieve gender equality here in America, we must understand that we’re also working for a more equal world for women everywhere I urge you to help raise the visibility for these brave women to ensure the world sees and supports them.


In solidarity,



Contra Costa NOW 2022 Scholarship Winners


Contra Costa NOW is pleased to announce the winners of their second annual university scholarships.  The scholarships, for $1000 each, were earmarked for two women of color based on their academic and social-activism accomplishments.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous NOW member who provided the funds for a second $1000 scholarship, we were able to offer two scholarships.

FNU Tsamchoe, 37, who was born in India of Tibetan refugee parents, will be attending Contra Costa College in Fall 2022.  She is working towards a career in nursing.

Delaney Ruiz, 22, was born in Mexico.  She will be attending Samuel Merritt University and is also planning a career in nursing.   Both scholarship winners endured the hardship of immigrating to a new country, learning a new language, serving their communities, and pursuing academic careers with great success.

According to Contra Costa NOW´s president, Jeanette Cole, “We are so pleased to be able to award our second annual university scholarships to two such deserving women.  We specifically endowed the scholarships for women of color who not only had achieved impressive academic honors, but also demonstrated a strong embrace of social activism for the betterment of their communities.  NOW has a long history of supporting young women and marginalized women, and the board of the Contra Costa  NOW hopes to continue our efforts to provide financial support for women’s education in the future.”

The chapter´s Scholarship Committee received several excellent applications, and hopes to continue the scholarship initiative.

If you wish to make a donation for our 2023 scholarship fund, please click Donate


Send your check made payable to Contra Costa NOW to:  PO Box 4794, Walnut Creek, CA  94596


FNU Tsamchoe

Delaney Ruiz
















Update On Our 2021 Scholarship Winners

After selecting the recipients of our 2022 Contra Costa NOW university scholarships, we decided to check back with our first 2 winners of the 2021 scholarships.  We are pleased to acknowledge that both continue to succeed in their academic initiatives, contribute positively to their respective communities, and progress notably in the pursuit of their career goals.

Sia´h Fanta Jimissa

Sia´h just finished her second year at UC Berkeley and is currently finishing up her application for the Public Health major.  Sia´h´s extracurricular activities include serviing as the K-12 Recruitment Coordinator for the Black Recruitment and Retention Center, a student organization that hosts programs to encourage Black students to pursue and complete college. She was able to create and host programs including a scholarship and a shadow day for Black high school students.  This summer, she is participating in the UCSF Children’s Hospital’s Student Summer Research Program, an especially valuable opportunity for a Public Health major.

Thyra Anastashia Cobbs

Thyra is currently double majoring in African American studies and History, and minoring in African studies at UCLA.   She is in the Honors program, the Academic Achievement Program (AAP), and the Bruin Scholars program for foster youth/students who have been in guardianship. She has also been accepted for the McNair Research Scholars program and is currently researching the effects of Afrocentric psychological interventions on UCLA’s Black population. Next spring quarter, Thyra will be teaching a student-led seminar on Afrocentric Black Psychology through the Honors Program.   She is also engaging in student activism and leadership, having been appointed as the Transfer Coordinator for the African Student Union and will soon be applying to serve as the Campus Director of Mental Health in UCLA’s student government.

Photos for ROE #BansOffOurBodies March at the State Capitol




ROE #BansOffOurBodies March and Rally

Meetup in Martinez & Bus to Sacramento
Action groups from across the East Bay will attend the Bans Off Our Body March & Rally at the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento.  Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) has generously agreed to cover the cost of buses for those who would like to ride together (masks required on board).
Waiver forms will be available and required.

Location: Martinez CourtHouse
725 Court St, Martinez, CA 94553

Time: Meetup at 8:30
Buses Leave at 9:30 Sharp

8:30 – Gathering at Martinez Courthouse
8:40  – 9:15 Engaging speakers will rally the crowd
9:15 – move to buses or cars to drive to Sacramento
9:30 – Buses leave (no latecomers)
11:00 – March & Rally in Sacramento
3:00 – Buses leave Sacramento returning to Martinez (no latecomers)
4:00 – Buses arrive in Martinez  (time is approximate)

More details about speakers to follow  –

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Election 2022 Candidate Endorsements

Contra Costa NOW
Election 2022 Endorsements


Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, District 4:  Carlyn Obringer

Contra Costa County Assessor:  Floy Andrews

Past Controversies Loom In Assessor Race

Past Controversies Loom In Assessor Race
From an Article in the East Bay Times

To view the article click link below

NOW Supports National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

NOW Supports National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women


Statement by National NOW President Christian F. Nunes

April 29, 2022

To view the full statement online: Click Here

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – NOW supports the National Week of Action in honor of the thousands of Indigenous women who go missing or are murdered each year. Starting today, we join the National Partners Work Group on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the MMIW Family Advisors in declaring that “enough is enough – not one more stolen sister.” …

The Abortion Backup Plan No One Is Talking About

Even in states with the strictest abortion laws, pregnant people have a safe, inexpensive option to terminate their pregnancies. But few know about it.

Click link below for full details

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